Youth in Care

If you are living – or have lived – as a youth in care in BC, you may qualify for financial support to cover some of the costs of your education.

BC Provincial Tuition Waiver Program

The Provincial Tuition Waiver Program (PTWP) waives tuition and fees for B.C. students who are former youth in care studying full-time or part-time at the undergraduate level. As of August 1, 2023, the PTWP is open to former youth in care of any age. If you think you may be eligible, please review these FAQ.

Financial Aid and Awards will be in touch with students receiving the PTWP on an annual basis about the LFG and how to receive it.

Learning for Future Grant

The Learning for Future Grant (LFG) provides an annual grant of $3,500 per program year to students who meet the eligibility requirements for the Provincial Tuiion Waiver Program (PTWP) to assist with additional education related costs that are not covered by the PTWP (such as computers, supplies, and textbooks).

Youth Futures Education Fund (YFEF)

This program assists students receiving the BC Provincial Tuition Waiver. No application is required. Students are automatically considered for this funding at the time the funding becomes available (normally in week 3 of each term, subject to availability of funding). 

Strengthening Abilities and Journeys of Empowerment (SAJE)

SAJE's vision is to support services for youth and young adults with care experience as they transition to independence.  As part of the SAJE Program, new Life-Skills, Training and Cultural Connections (LSTCC) Funding and Mental Health and Counselling Benefit is available to young adults starting in November 2023.

Agreements with Youth Adults (AYA funding)

The Agreements with Youth Adults (AYA) program can assist you if you have been in foster care or had a youth agreement. This program can provide assistance, with costs of things such as housing, child care, tuition and health care while you go back to school, or if you are attending rehabilitation, vocational or approved life skills programs. For more information visit Agreements with Young Adults.